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It’s getting dark outside, and the end of daylight saving time is drawing near. Perfect timing for the new Skirball show “Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950.” In 1933, Jews were banned from the German film industry, so they began emigrating to the United States, where European cinema took on a distinctly American feel. The influence of German Expressionist cinema on film noir is perhaps the most obvious, but the impact of these talented transplants is visible in other genres, including comedy and the anti-Nazi film. Through film footage, costumes, props, photographs, memorabilia and other ephemera, “Light & Noir” examines how the exodus of Germans escaping Nazi persecution transformed Hollywood. Complementing the exhibition, Café Vienne is artist Isa Rosenberger’s site-specific tribute to the Viennese coffee shop and Austrian American Jewish writer Gina Kaus (1893-1985). Meanwhile, The Noir Effect takes a closer look at how the American crime dramas of the 1940s and ’50s evoked a moody, stylized sense of mystery and mayhem that is palpable today. If that’s not enough, the Skirball even provides a pop-up costume/portrait studio with props for visitors to get in the noir mood, too. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brntwd.; Tue.-Fri., noon-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through March 1; $10, $7 students/seniors, $5 children. (310) 440-4500, skirball.org/exhibitions/light-noir. —Tanja M. Laden

Oct. 23-March 1, 2014
(Expired: 03/01/15)

LA Weekly